King George V & Queen Mary At Delhi Durbar, 1911 Postcard
This is an old photo postcard of King George V and Queen Mary at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. The postcard dates to the same period. Looking back is King George V and Queen Mary. Surrounding them are the Indian Princelings chosen to be page boys. There was a huge crowd of onlookers that included Indian Maharajahs with their entourage. Dignitaries from India and abroad, military personnel, and so on.
All allotted with their respective places in the Durbar grounds. The Delhi Durbar was about the succession of the new monarch after his father Edward VII’s death. It was held with so much pomp and fanfare never seen in India before. And was also the occasion to announce the shifting of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Since there were not many hotels and boarding places, tents were provided to the maharajahs and dignitaries.
Did you know- the song ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was first sung in the annual conference of the Indian National Conference in Calcutta on 27th December 1911.